Finally I’ve finished the trousers from the trouser fitting course I attended last year.

I have to tell you that when I first saw this pattern I wasn’t particularly overwhelmed, and, frankly, would never have picked it to make myself.


That would have been a mistake. Kudos to Celia!


Don’t get me wrong…I’ve tweaked the pattern a bit.  And wearing them I think I need to do the waistband again. It’s not quite snug enough and there’s a wee wrinkle just below the waistband at the back.  My bad!


And it’s a BIG but. (Rather than a big butt before all you wags go there!)


Did I just say that.  It’s just that they are so flipping comfortable.  My one pair of jeans are too short in the body and so uncomfortable that this is a revelation.  Trousers don’t need to be uncomfortable.  Who knew?

For these I redrafted the leg to make them considerably slimmer.  I love the finished look.  And though I thought I wouldn’t be, I’m completely converted to back zips.  I had plans to change these to fly fronts, but I’m not convinced I will just yet.  Although I seriously need to add pockets for the next iteration.

The fabric is an aubergine wool mix that I picked up from Badder Fabrics in  Hereford when we went to Ludlow.  My new favourite fabric.  Joy to sew.  Joy to wear.

I don’t think I’m ever going to get a perfectly smooth front because I’m so round in the tummy, but these are so lovely I’m willing to forgive.  And I’ve moved slightly in this picture so my leg is causing the folds.  And of course there’ll be folds when you move.  Duh!

But, I’m well on my way to hitting one of my 2012 goals…the perfect skinny trouser.

I think I should make another pair very soon to refine the pattern and fit, don’t you?

And to cap it all, when I’d finished these last night I realised that I had enough fabric left over to cut out another of these skirts:

Burda 8/2009

As the pattern was hanging right next to my sewing table…that’s what a did.

Rather a good day’s work, no?

PS. Badder Fabrics don’t have a website

but they will send out samples if you give them a ring and ask them to.

The owner is a most delightful lady.

 She was charming the day I shopped there and very helpful indeed.  

Just my opinion.